I rarely collect agaves in town but this one had such a cool shape and presence to it. I walked past in nearly every day and finally ran into the neighbors and they agreed to save it. So sweet! I am not sure the species but it has such a nice shape and interesting coloration that almost looks like red leopard spots throughout. To accent these I wanted to add purpleheart and bubinga which are a close match in color. The sweet neighbor kept it standing for two years and then finally got the call it was ready to come down. This seems to be a very sensitive didge with a punch as well. There is a different wisdom in it, perhaps partly being a city didge, and has a really nice solid deep drone. Extremely responsive to everything, It’s a listener for sure. The overtones really easy with its shape and on this less is more as well. This seems to happen with most of the deeper notes. There is also a bit of a different contour instead of a mostly perfect circe in the actual wood which is hard to see in the pics but has a nice look to it. This would be great as a teacher for every didge player. Brings me to an instant peaceful place!
Sold, Thanks Rachel! in Siren, WI
As you might be able to tell from the photos this one was built for explosive rhythmic style of play. I found this stalk on the last day of harvest. It was also the first day the monsoons visited so was hiking through the rain when I happened upon this stalk. I have a pretty good collection of stalks that I have to work on but this one jumped to the front of the line. I love these fast tapered didges with these big bells. It allows for the player to play with such tempo with hardly any breath and this one has so much volume as well. With this taper the overtones are also so easy to find and the vocals really strong and bright. If you are a performing or like to play with other instruments this will be a great addition. This would have the volume and be able to cut through drums well if you play in drum circles. D# is one of my favorite for playing fast rhythms for some reason. I just love how this one plays and how responsive it is. Like all agaves it plays so well in the more ambient style as well. A real gem!
Sold, Thanks Scott, in Dahlonega, GA
This beautiful curvy Old Soul plays with such ease. This was an incredibly large stalk and so this was the middle part of the stalk. I have always loved the look of the flower nubs and like to leave them on to keep this unique appearance of the flower. This one has really thick walls which is most often the case with the extremely large stalks. This didge takes hardly any breath and makes circular breathing so easy. If you are having trouble getting the circular breathing down this will definitely aid in learning the process. I have always loved these curvy, thick Old Souls and this one has so many great qualities. The vocals really stand out on this one and really accent the nice bass tones of the drone. Very easy bright overtones also accent this deep drone beautifully. A nice solid didge that would be great for a player looking to play in a more ambient style but also want to speed up now and again.
Sold, Thanks Chris! in Shaker Heights, OH
- Key: B
- Length: 77″
- Bell: 9″
- Mouthpiece: Bubinga, Walnut, Shedua, Canary
- Wall thickness: Very thick to medium at bell
- Back pressure: Very strong
This is one monster of a didge. I love the challenge of making these giant agaves and this one is just a beaut. I found this on quite a rugged mountainside and instantly knew it was a special stalk. This has really thick walls and the wood grain is so beautiful. The bell is enormous at 9″ and projects the drone so well. With agaves this large the drone has such an amazing feel to it and can instantly mesmerize both the player and listener. This one is amazing for meditative style of playing and with the crown chakra can really take all involved to another place. With its shape it also allows for some really fast rhythms as well even with its deep key. The vocals are so strong and with its long length it is so fun to travel the sounds up and down the didge. Such strong back pressure allows the player to completely relax and circular breathing is so easy with the little breath required as well. Nice crystal clear overtones are easy to reach as well. If you are a serious about didge playing this would be such a treat for you. I just think there is something special about this one!
Sold, Thanks Michael! in Rock Falls, IL
- Key: C#
- Length: 55″
- Bell: 3″
- Mouthpiece: Sapele, Shedua
- Wall thickness: Medium
- Back pressure: Very strong
Not only is this a great travel size didge this one plays with such power and presence. This one has nice solid dense wood and has such a nice feel to it when playing. The drone has a beautiful overtone effect in it when you find it and creates such a magical sound. Tremendous vocals as well and the toots are so easy as well. Great for both ambient and fast style of play and so responsive for beat boxing styles as well. This one takes hardly any breath like almost all agaves and is a great note to start on and also one of my favorite keys. Whether you are a complete beginner or seasoned player this would be a great didge that is sure to inspire many new sounds and rhythms.
Sold, Thanks Joshua! in San Ramon, CA
I found this incredible old soul after I was heading back for the day and noticed it laying by the side of the road. It had fallen down a huge cliff, caught most likely in the recent crazy spring winds we have been experiencing. This is one of the oldest and thickest agaves that I have worked on. 95% of stalks wouldn’t make it to this stage. I am guessing the age at around 3-4 years baking in the desert sun, withstanding monsoons, and the cold we get on occasion in these higher desert areas. You can feel the age and wisdom in its drone right when you begin to play it. It is deep both in note and feeling. It has a delightfully calming drone with crystal clear overtones and vocals are so strong on this one. I have such a love for these ancient stalks and all the cracks and bug holes that give it so much character and style. There is some sweet turquoise inlays as well that accent these rugged features. In my traditional old soul style of making and in general I leave many of the cracks instead of filling them to be flush. Don’t worry as this stalk is a beast and none of the cracks will spread or go through. These are the strongest of all the agaves and so fun to play these ancient rare stalks. Great for the player who is using didge for more trance and meditative style of playing. Of course it can go as fast as you can play but this one tells the player to slow down and experience the calming vibrations.
Sold, thanks Rafe! in Seattle, WA
This is one beast of a didge. This is one of the thickest, heaviest, most impressive agaves I have worked on. The thick dense wood tapers to medium thickness in the unusually long bell that acts almost like a resonator. This would be a great didge to reach other levels in playing and also would be great for a beginner. I love its response and the power it plays with. Lots of volume with the size and the vocals are extremely loud and clear. Overtones are bright and easy to reach once you find them in there. It is extremely rare to find agaves like this and might have to end up keeping it if it stays on here for a bit.
Sold, thanks Craig! in Tempe, AZ
I have more C#’s than any other note in my collection. I have always loved the grounding feel you get playing and listening to the key. Noticing those feeling and what rhythms come to your mind with each note is so interesting. This one is a beast at 6′ in length and that big 7″ bell. It plays with an explosive ability with lots of volume and incredible response and resonation. With these longer didges I love how you can travel sounds down it to create such movement within the drone. Vocals are loud and clear and the overtones are a cinch with its length and taper. A great note to begin on and also one for those of you advanced players that want to add another to the collection!
Sold, thanks James! in Boulder, CO
This sweet little didge has a ton of spunk to it and wants to be heard! With its thin walls and bell it really projects volume nicely. Clear loud vocals sound great on it and the overtones are really easy with the thinner neck. These smaller, quick tapered didges are perfect for beginners as they just have such a great feel and play so effortlessly. I also loved the wood coloration especially at the bell. A great one to start on and advance quickly!
Sold, thanks Anne-Marie! in North Bend, WA